Admissions

Admissions

At Northwest Academy, we believe that your student is more than just a test score or a grade point average. Our admissions process is designed to help us get to know each student through a classroom visit, written work samples, and customized placement tests.

If you would like to learn more about Northwest Academy for your student, please fill out this online inquiry form or contact us at admissions@nwacademy.org or 503-223-3367 x104.

Here are the key steps in the process – many of which can be scheduled or completed online.

    • Attend an Info Session or private tour (parents).
    • Complete the online application
    • Submit the $100 application fee.
    • Spend a Shadow Day at Northwest Academy (students).
    • Submit a writing sample and student statement
    • Request Teacher Evaluations electronically, or give printed Teacher Evaluation Forms to your child’s current math teacher (or classroom teacher) and one other teacher, counselor, or coach that has worked with your child within the last two years. Completed forms are confidential and will be faxed or mailed directly to Northwest Academy.
    • Deliver a signed Student Records Release Form to the student’s current school requesting copies of current and past year grade reports/transcripts and behavioral records.
    • Following completion of the application, take the Admissions Assessment. Northwest Academy does not require the SSAT; our diagnostic testing is written and graded by Northwest Academy instructors. This testing is required for admission and must be completed prior to the application deadline.  We will publish group testing dates for applicants early in the calendar year.
    • Following completion of the application, use the online calendar to schedule an interview for the student with Northwest Academy’s Admissions Committee.
    • The application deadline for 2020/2021 is January 31, 2020.
    • If you are applying for Financial Aidthe application for new students will be due on January 31, 2020.  For current/returning students, the Financial Aid application deadline is January 10, 2020.

Diversity Statement
A commitment to equity and inclusion lies at the heart of Northwest Academy’s culture and its arts and academic partnership. Since the founding of the school, we have enjoyed the uniqueness of each individual student and teacher. Their diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives create a culture rich with mutual respect, authenticity and a commitment to justice. These include, but are not exclusive to, a wide array of economic backgrounds, races, family dynamics, sexual orientations, gender identity, physical abilities, ethnicities, and cultures. Such diversity is essential to our staff, and to our students’ abilities to develop into thoughtful, creative individuals who will lead inspired and meaningful lives.    

  • Find Out Why Northwest Academy Students Thrive.

    It’s how we teach. And how they learn.

    Find Out Why Northwest Academy Students Thrive.
  • Small Class Size

    Northwest Academy commitment to small classes and access to faculty help students succeed at high levels.

    Small Class Size
    Classes average 15 students per class
  • You Are More Than Just a Test Score or a Grade Point Average.

    Our admissions process is designed to help us get to know each student through a classroom visit, the student’s written work, and entrance exams written and evaluated by our teachers.

    You Are More Than Just a Test Score or a Grade Point Average.
  • Middle school students are capable of far more rigorous work than they often experience

    Middle school students are acquiring critical skills that will determine the caliber of work they do in high school and college.

    Middle school students are capable of far more rigorous work than they often experience